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Home For the Holidays: House dedication today

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There are a pair of new home owners in Birmingham.  Thursday, Habitat for Humanity and ABC 33/40 dedicated two houses as part of "Home For the Holidays."  Dedra Kimbell and Monique Boyd were full of emotions at the key presentation ceremony.  Both mothers stood side by side with their two boys by each of their sides.  As Dedra accepted the keys to the family's new house, her sons Carl and Carlos affectionately supported their mother as she realized a life long dream of owning a home.

After the keys were given to the women, gratitude was handed out to sponsors, volunteers and crew members that helped the houses take shape.  It was a very emotional time for the families, who shared tears of joy.

Monique Boyd is the mother of two small boys.  She says they are blessed and grateful for everyone's hard work.  They also shared in the work.  Monique's family had to put in 300 hours of sweat equity, building other habitat homes before work could begin on her house.  Boyd says it was an eight month process.  Although the soggy weather is keeping families from moving in immediately, Boyd says "I'm just gonna move stuff in day by day.  Hopefully it will be pretty neat by Christmas."

Getting Christmas into the Kimbell household is a top priority.  "My very next step is purchasing a Christmas tree so I can put it in the living room and get moved in by Friday," said Dedra Kimbell.  Her teenaged sons will be helping the moving process, which is supposed to start Friday and continue through Saturday.  However, the tree comes first, according to Kimbell.

This is the 10th anniversary for Habitat for Humanity's "Home For the Holidays" dedications.  It is also the first year to dedicate two homes, simultaneously.


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